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Barcelona want to close five priority signings in the next two weeks

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Barcelona are reportedly want to close five priority signings in the next two weeks.

With the assembly voting in favour of triggering the economic levers that will allow Barcelona to sell a percentage of stake in the Barça Licensing & Merchandise (BLM) wing, the Catalans are expecting a sizeable injection of funds in the coming weeks.

And, with funds now likely to be available, transfer activity at Camp Nou is set to pick up pace.

Indeed, as per the cover page of SPORT on June 18, Barcelona are ready to ramp up their efforts in the transfer market and close five priority signings in the next two weeks.

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It is no secret that Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski is the absolute priority for the Blaugrana this summer and they are set to up the ante in their pursuit of the 33-year-old champion goalscorer.

The Poland captain also has interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, but he is ready to snub that and wait for the Catalan giants to make their move, with a contract agreement already believed to be in place.

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Apart from Lewandowski, Barcelona also wish to finalise the transfer deals to make the signings of Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen.

The midfielder and the defender have already agreed to join the club on Bosman deals, with their contracts with AC Milan and Chelsea expiring on June 30.

However, the signings are yet to be made official due to the lack of room on the salary bill, although that is now likely to e resolved.

Along with the aforementioned three players, Barcelona also have identified two more players as priority targets that they wish to finalise in the next two weeks. The two players are Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

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Like with Lewandowski, Barça are understood to have a contract agreement in place with the Chelsea full-back duo, with both the players intent on returning to Spain. Both have one year left on their respective contracts with the Blues.

Whether Barcelona are successful in their endeavours to complete the signings of the five priority targets within the end of the month will be interesting to see.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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